I was thinking of trying some MSM supplements to sort out my acne and was wondering if anyone has any experince with it? I've been looking into in on the internet and have been finding differing views on its effectiveness. Some people claim it's wonderful and really cleared their skin up, others say they broke out worse than ever because of the detoxing effect it has on the organs.
It would be great to hear from anyone with personal experiences with MSM, either good or bad
Your post sounds very encouraging! I don't have severe acne, never more than 3 or 4 spots at a time but to me it seems like the end of the world when I have just one! (I think I develop a sort of dysmorphic image of myself, so intent on having clear skin that the slightest blemish becomes massively exaggerated in my eyes).
I've got some 1000mg MSM tablets. Do you think it's ok to go straight to 2 tablets a day or may I experience side-effects? I've read that excess MSM is disposed of so poses no risk to us, but I also read that high doses can initially cause more acne breakouts because of its detoxing effect on the organs...?
The only detox like reactions I've ever had were when I was taking 6000 - 8000mg daily. I took this amount in the first place to try to fade dark brown facial pigmentation that I developed as a result of taking Minocyclene (Minocin) antibiotic on and off for two and a half years - to treat said acne, prescribed by a doctor (allopathic, who by the way didn't tell me to take probiotics to replace the good bacteria it killed). The symptoms I experienced were a headache, not severe, I was a little tired - I started to crave water and fruit and I became nauseous upon drinking beer(!). Typical detox reaction, and not very severe.
So, 1000, 2000 even 3000mg wouldnt really have much of an effect - but everyone's different. Start with 1000mg, work up to whatever dosage you reckon you need.
It's a great supplement, I'm really glad I found it - I can totally identify with the whole body dysmorphic thing - I was obsessed with my skin when it was bad. It's really nice now, totally clear.
BTW I got rid of any scarring with rosehip oil, it works really well... they use it on burns victims apparently because of its healing powers
You mention you took large doses of MSM to fade pigmentation. Did it have an effect on this or was it mainly the rosehip oil that sorted marks and scarring out? How long was it before your skin colour evened out?
The acne and the scarring went long before the pigmentation did - it was hyperpigmentation known as melasma, a side effect of some medication, Minocin included (needless to say no doctor warned be about this side effect whcih ended up being more upsetting in the long run than the acne ever was...)
I didnt really get much pigmentation from the scarring, probably because I was using rosehip oil all along and not just after the fact. After starting to take MSM it was about 3 weeks to a month before my face was totally clear. MSM by itself didnt fade the melasma pigmentatioon that I was left with - I eventually faded that completely by eating a diet low in copper, and detoxing my liver of excess copper by taking MSM along with zinc and vitamin C. The pigmentation you might get from acne scars seems to be different, and easier to get rid of than the melasma pigmentation, which I now believe to be caused by a build up of copper in the system.
How much MSM do you take daily? I have been taking MSM for about 3 or 4 months now. I read a book on how to holistically cure your acne and it suggested the MSM along with a bunch of other vitamins and supplements. I am preparing to go on a 2 month detox regimine outlined in the book in July. The book said to take 5,000mg to 10,000mg of MSM for the first week and then go down to 1000mg after that. I took 5,000mg for 7 days and then went down to 1000mg. I have noticed since starting to take the vitamins and supplements that my acne has improved (I also just finished a Colon Cleanse and parasite cleanse which helped alot) but I have also noticed that my acne isn't as inflammed and doesn't hurt as much anymore. I have been thinking to up my dosage of the MSM and reading this encourages me to do so. I was just wondering what dosage you took in order to see results.
I've been using MSM since reading about it on this forum a couple of months ago (thanks Mel!). I was stunned by the results, my skin calmed down really quickly. It hasn't cleared up my cystic acne completly, but it has kept it under control. I don't get any deep painful lumps like I used to. I take 1000mg a day, sometimes 2000 if my skin needs an extra bit of clearing up.
I'm also using rosehip oil and occasionally use magnesium sulphate paste to draw out new spots - works a treat.